Ligue 1 Preview and Predictions: Week Four

Ligue 1 Preview and Predictions: Week Four

The season is starting to take shape. Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon have discovered their Champions League opponents and Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Monaco and Marseille await their Europa League fate. Adding extra competitions to the mix will ask questions of those clubs’ ability to finish high up the table, giving the other Ligue 1 wannabes a chance at making a charge. by @Gibney_A EA Guingamp v Olympique de Marseille: Friday 19:30 To kick things off on Friday…

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Florian Thauvin and the Newcastle United Conundrum

Florian Thauvin and the Newcastle United Conundrum

Rumours had persisted all summer and on Sunday night they went into overdrive when French radio station RMC reported that Newcastle United had tabled a bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. Various figures have been banded about, but it looks like the English club will pay around €17 million plus bonuses for the 22-year-old attacker. On the other side, Marseille will gain Remy Cabella on loan for the season with an apparent €8…

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

The new season is underway, and the first weekend may have been more sparklers than fireworks, but it did show that Ligue 1 will be as unpredictable as always. Games are as hard to call as always, and it will take a few weeks until we see any patterns emerging. This weekend’s games see Lyon and Marseille face tough away tests and the newly-promoted Gazelec Ajaccio fed to the Parc des Princes lions. By @Gibney_A Monaco…

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Bielsa Shocks Ligue 1 as Lecomte is Lorient’s Hero

Bielsa Shocks Ligue 1 as Lecomte is Lorient’s Hero

No matter how many goals were scored and regardless of the results in the opening weekend of fixtures in Ligue 1, Marcelo Bielsa made sure there was only one story dominating the press in Journée 1. Straight after the 1-0 defeat to Caen at the Stade Velodrome, the Argentine coach, to the shock of everyone, announced his decision to quit as OM coach. He handed his letter of resignation to Vincent Labrune on his way to the…

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Failure is not an option for Marseille or Marcelo Bielsa

Failure is not an option for Marseille or Marcelo Bielsa

It is all change on the Canebiere, and Marseille are on the cusp of a new Ligue 1 season, but with a new-look team. Much has been made of the upheaval at the Stade Velodrome this season, with more than half the established starting XI, plus a number of lesser lights, having departed. The famous ‘Project Dortmund’ – modelled after the recruitment by the German club under Jurgen Klopp, and coined by president Vincent Labrune in…

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Marseille : Grand Designs or DIY SOS?

Marseille : Grand Designs or DIY SOS?

As the mercato gets into its stride, one team isn’t so much tweaking their squad with a couple of key new pieces and otherwise just mild redecoration, as ripping out walls, fixtures and fittings and starting again with an open-plan approach. Four players have left Marseille on free transfers – Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Rod Fanni, and Jeremy Morel; as noted, none of these departures individually were particularly surprising, but that all of them have gone may…

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Profile – FC Porto’s New Dynamic Midfielder: Gianelli Imbula

Profile – FC Porto’s New Dynamic Midfielder: Gianelli Imbula

As is the way in modern day football, on Wednesday morning a tweet posted by the FC Porto account on twitter, confirmed the transfer of Olympique Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula. Bem-vindo, Giannelli Imbula. http://t.co/FFsK8XiRYi / Bienvenue, Giannelli Imbula. / Welcome, Giannelli Imbula. pic.twitter.com/QnyJe8JIRc — FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 1, 2015 The Belgian-born, former France Under-21 international moves for €20 million – to help OM balance the books. A nice return on the player they bought from…

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Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

There are suggestions from both the French and English media this morning to suggest that Newcastle United are preparing a €15 million bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. It all began on Monday when La Provence reported that OM had received a bid for that amount for the 22-year-old former France under-21 international. Then early on Tuesday morning, Mark Douglas of The Chronicle reported that Thauvin is one of the favourites of Graham…

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